Area Health Providers Staying Busy This Summer

From just-announced education certificates to new healthcare providers, summer isn’t a slow time for area healthcare workers.


When your child needs medical care, you want the best care possible for them. Orlando’s AdventHealth for Children has been named one of the 2023-2024 Best Children’s Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. The hospital was ranked best in Florida and No. 32 nationally for neonatology in those rankings, and overall ranked No. 7 in Florida and No. 17 in the Southeast. This information is reassuring for Central Florida parents of children with rare or life-threatening illnesses, as the AdventHealth for Children care network includes over 250 pediatricians and pediatric specialists in numerous clinics, emergency rooms, and pediatric rehabilitation centers.

AdventHealth continues to provide excellent healthcare and wellness motivation for all patients, and they’re extending their influence with a new podcast series. Inspiring Wholeness is the name of the venture being produced through a partnership between AdventHealth and the Orlando Business Journal. Two podcasts of the 23-episode series will be released each month, introducing listeners to some of the area’s top innovators and business leaders as they discuss topics ranging from mental health to the value of investing in local organizations, and so much more. Look for Inspiring Wholeness on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or on the Orlando Business Journal’s website.

Investing in the community is more than just a talking point for AdventHealth, as they have recently awarded $1.2 million to Central Florida nonprofit agencies to support projects that address the region’s mental and behavioral health challenges through Community Health Improvement Grants. This is part of the organization’s dedication to increasing mental health resources to local communities in response to an increase in the number of children struggling with mental illnesses.

Individuals who are interested in joining the healthcare industry with a high-demand job will be happy to hear that AdventHealth University is now offering 20 new certificates in health care, information technology, and project management fields. The programs at AdventHealth University run 12 to 33 weeks and require students to have a high school diploma or GED before enrolling. Courses are offered online and are self-paced, and the certificates are issued by the appropriate authorities, including the American Medical Certification Association. Tuition ranges from $2,000 to $14,000 and includes the necessary exams and any required e-books.

Watson Clinic

Alexandra Z. Hopkins, AuD, CCC-A, has joined the Watson Clinic Hearing Center as an expert audiologist. Hopkins is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and attended the University of Central Florida followed by Nova Southeastern University. You can schedule with her or any member of the Watson Clinic Hearing Center by calling (863) 904-6296.

Another outstanding member of the Watson Clinic team received July’s PEER (Program for Employee Excellence and Recognition) award. Physical Therapy assistant Casey Hosegood has been recognized for consistently providing exemplary patient-focused care with a positive attitude. Congratulations, Casey!

Lakeland Regional Health

After more than a decade of preparation, Lakeland Regional Health has attained the goal of becoming a teaching hospital by welcoming 70 residents into the inaugural GME (graduate medical education) program with a special White Coat Ceremony at Bonnet Springs Event Center. Each resident received a white coat during the ceremony to signify their new role within the medical community. The GME program is expected to create 350 new jobs and generate $48 million in economic impact while increasing the number of healthcare providers in the area. Seven accredited programs are offered, including Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Psychiatry, and more.  

Nemours Children’s HealthIt’s summertime, and that means it’s time to celebrate Halfway to the Holidays! Get into the holiday spirit by donating toys or games to Nemours Children’s Hospital to help create a more playful, relaxed atmosphere for the pediatric patients. Things like coloring books, Barbie dolls, Lego sets, and other developmentally appropriate toys can incorporate play into the healing process for children. If you’d like to participate, you can go to the website to make a cash donation or choose items from an Amazon wish list to purchase:

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